Psalm 50:15 – And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor me.
This verse now has a completely new meaning to me. And I would love to share it with you. Recently, my wife had to undergo a Cardiac Catherization. She had been complaining of chest pains, shortness of breath, all symptoms that correlate to heart disease, heart attack, or coronary artery disease (which just so happens to run in her family). When they took my wife back to do the procedure, I found myself walking the hallway seeking the chapel of the hospital. I knew it would be quiet there, and I knew I could let my emotions out in a secluded and private place.
I found a pew, sat down, and began to weep. Thoughts swirled around my head. What happens if she doesn’t make it out of the procedure? What will I do without her? And so I cried out to the LORD and I distinctly remember using the word “Daddy” for the very first time. My sobbing seemed to overtake me. The words would not come out. It was then that it happened. I had and encounter with God.
My eyes looked up at the small altar in the front of the chapel room and there was an open Bible. As soon as I saw the Bible, this thought came to my mind, “Isaiah 41:10.” So I stood. I walked up to the Bible and flipped the pages. And this is what I found:
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Once I saw those words, I again began to weep uncontrollably because it was then that I knew that no matter what happened to my wife, whether she lived or died, God was still…God. He knew everything that was going to happen and He was in control of it all. It was there, at that altar that I resigned to letting God be God and trusting that whatever happened next, He would help me through it (by the way, my wife’s test came back GREAT…her cardiologist says she has a very strong heart and her arteries are…and I quote, “incredible”).
Well, later that day as I went back home to get some things to bring back to the hospital I passed a church that had the above verse on it and that’s when God showed me something else, something new…
People run to God for Him to solve their problem, to get them out of a jam, to raise their income, to get them that promotion, to fix this and grant that. People even want to make bargains with God. But when you look at how God helps us, it isn’t by fixing the problems in our lives. No. Instead of fixing our problems, HE SHOWS US MORE OF HIMSELF. And guess what happens when you encounter God. You have a burning passion to tell someone else about this Great God you just encountered and how He helped you.
So today, look past your problem to the problem solver. Let God be God. You be you…his servant. All of the times He comes to your rescue are opportunities to learn more about Him, not for Him to be your department store fixer upper. God is so much more than just your problem solver.